I had my first “real” part-time job when I was a freshman in high school. I worked in a Boston deli preparing and cooking rotisserie chickens. They sold a lot of chickens, so it kept me pretty busy. One day I noticed that the storage room was a mess, so I took it upon myself to clean it out. My boss was so impressed that he handed me $100 for making the extra effort. I felt like a millionaire that day, but most importantly, I learned the value of taking initiative. Taking action, not because it was asked or demanded, but simply because action was called for, is a concept that has served me well in a career that has taken me from a part-time deli worker to senior vice president of marketing at L’Oréal to where I am today, founder and president of Blow. We are an indie company that prides itself in being the innovator and pioneer of the blow-dry category, a position that took not just vision, but initiative to create an entirely new sector within the beauty industry. Since that high school job, when I begin something, I follow through on it and I do so with energy and enterprise. The reward may not always be a crisp $100 bill, but something far greater.
Issa Rae stopped by WWD's NYC headquarters to talk about season two of "Insecure," which premieres this Sunday on HBO. Click link in bio for all the details. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery; Styled by @mayteallende)
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"